Working Properties

Red oak machines well, nailing and screwing is good although pre-boring is recommended, and it can be stained and polished to a good finish. It dries slowly with a tendency to split and warp. It has a high shrinkage and can be susceptible to movement in performance.

Physical Properties

The wood is hard and heavy, with medium bending strength and stiffness and high crushing strength. It is very good for steam bending. Southern red oak has a more rapid growth than Northern red oak and tends to be harder and heavier.


Rated slightly to non-resistant to heartwood decay, moderately easy to treat with preservatives.

Main Uses

Construction, furniture, flooring, architectural interiors, internal joinery and mouldings, doors, kitchen cabinets, panelling, coffins and caskets. Not suitable for tight cooperage. Red oak can vary in colour, texture, characteristics and properties according to the growing region. It is therefore recommended that users and specifiers work closely with their suppliers to make sure the wood they order is suited to their specific needs.

  • Machining


    100% Complete
  • Nailing


    80% Complete
  • Screwing


    80% Complete
  • gluing


    80% Complete
  • Finishing


    100% Complete
  • 0.63

    Specific Gravity (12% MC)

  • 705 kg/m3

    Average weight (12% MC)

  • 10.8 %

    Specific Volumetric Shrinkage ( Green to 6% M.C)

  • 12,549

    Modules of elasticity

  • 5738